|Duration : 23 Night / 24 Days|
|Destinations :||Delhi - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Bhopal - Sanchi - Indore - Mandu - Dhar - Aurangabad - Mumbai|
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
On arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by our representative, then transfer to the hotel, where we are holding the room on ready occupancy basis. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi
After breakfast take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi visiting the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi & a Rickshaw ride past through the silver street in Chandani Chowk, the city tour continues covering New Delhi, visiting Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India's leading industrial families; Humayun's Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai's Temple , Qutub Minar , built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; in the evening you can visit see speculative Light and Sound Show at Red Fort. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Udaipur (By Air)
Today after breakfast, morning is free for relaxation or leisure activities. Then transfer to the airport to board the morning flight to Udaipur. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon is free at leisure or for relaxation. Early evening you can take a walk through the narrow lanes and back streets of Udaipur up to the Washing Ghats at the Lake Pichola. Enjoy Boat ride at Lake Pichola and also opt for dinner at Lake Palace Hotel, located amidst the Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Udaipur
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur, visiting City Palace built in 1559, a small palace over looking at the Lake Pichola, the additions were made to it by successive Kings of Udaipur gradually evolved become the larges place in Rajasthan, Main attraction of Place are Durbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. Later visit Saheli Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose and visit Lok Kala Mandal collection of folk art items like folk dresses, ornaments, puppets ,masks, dolls folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Opened seven days a week, puppet shows and folk dancing are conducted every evening from 1800 to 1900 in an adjacent open air theatre. & Shilpgram to see the village arts & crafts. Followed by visit to Eklingji & Nagda Temples - built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela - 22 kms from Udaipur. Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 05 : Udaipur - Jodhpur (276 Kms - 5 ½ hours)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur En route visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur Temples of 12 Century - The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, built out of marbles with 108 carved pillars each carved differently from others, Come across as a marvellous feat of architecture. One can have lunch at Maharani Bagh Hotel in Ranakpur and visit to local families on the way. Later continue to proceed to Jodhpur. On arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace which is a majestic Palace building that presently functions as a hotel and museum. Later take an excursion tour to the Heritage Palace of Balsamand - 20 kms away over looking the lake of Balsamand. In the evening you may opt to visit at On The Rocks a garden restaurants serving ethnic food followed by live music and folk dance. Located at Ajit Bhawan. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06 : Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (290 kms - 5 - 6 hrs)
After an early breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Jodhpur visiting Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada (Mausoleums of the great Rajput Warrior) and Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum. After lunch, drive to Jaisalmer. En route visit to Osian Village, ruins of an ancient city called Osian, an oasis in the desert, a drive to this ancient township takes one past undulating terrain, punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets. Osian has 15 beautifully sculpted Jain and Brahmanical temples. Of these, the most outstanding ones are the earlier Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira. After visting continue to drive to Jaisamer, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can visit in old city local market, to acclimatize with the city atmosphere. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.
Day 07 : Jaisalmer
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Jaisalmer covering Jaisalmer Fort - built on the highest point of the Tricuta hill, consisting of 99 bastions. Outstanding features are Megh Durbar & various temples, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli & Patwon-Ki-Haveli - some of the beautiful mansions with stone carving and latticework of breath taking intricacy, visit followed by Gadisar Lake. Later after lunch drive to Sam Sand Dunes - 45 kms en route visit the ancient Temple of Lodurwa, Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Complex, built in 1815 AD, The complex also houses a summer palace where some beautiful paintings and pictures are displayed. On arrival at Sam Sand Dunes and transfer on Camels and enjoy camel safari to discover the various sights and sounds, the ruins and the temples in and around Jaisalmer in an authentic and leisurely fashion with entertainment by folk performers, visits to villages, and chatter from colorful guides thrown in. After safari drive back to Jaisalmer for overnight stay.
Note: Optionally you can stay overnight at the Sam Sand dunes in luxury tented accommodation, enjoy the starry night with ethnic food, folk dances, bone fire and camel safari in dues in nights hours.
Day 08 : Jaisalmer - Bikaner (330 kms - 6 - 7 hrs)
After breakfast checkout & drive to Bikaner, en route visit to the massive Fort Pokharan, the town Pokhran came to the limelight when several nuclear tests were conducted here during the 1970's and the 1990's. Pokharan Fort is Built in 1532-1584 the yellow sandstone Pokhran fort, though not as grand a fort as some of the others in Rajasthan has a few exquisite palaces like the Mangal Niwas, the Rani Mahal and the Phool Niwas or the Flower Palace, visit to Pokhran Museum: housed inside the fort's premises is fairly small and contains an assortment of weapons, paintings, pottery and the costumes which the Maharajas wore. After visit continues to drive to Bikaner. On arrival transfer to hotel. The evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 : Bikaner - Jaipur (330 Kms - 7 hrs)
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Bikaner covering Junagadh Fort - constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Bhand Sagar Temple - The 16th century Jain temple, is the most important temple of this complex. Later check out the hotel and drive to Jaipur en route visit Deshnok to see the world famous rat Temple of Karnimata - at this temple rats are held sacred & roam freely within the temple complex. After visit continue to drive to Jaipur, if time permit you can take a stop over at Mandawa visiting old havelis. After visit continue to drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening free for individual activities and relax. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 : Jaipur
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, enjoy the experience of ride on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen, all monuments are located in the vicinity of City Palace Complex of Jaipur. Later afternoon is kept free to visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs. One can also visit Nahargarh Fort to see it illuminated over the floodlights. Evening visit to Birla Temple later at the time of dinner visit unique 5 star ethnic resort Chokhi Dhani for dinner in village ambience with puppet shows, folk dances astrology, camel ride. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11 : Jaipur - Agra (240 kms - 5 hours)
After breakfast drive to Agra. En route visit the Old Deserted Town of Mughal Dynasty - Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Bulund Darwaza. After visit, continue to proceed to Agra. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After some rest and relaxation visit to the Agra Fort from where one can get the most moving view of the Taj from the little octagonal tower in the Agra Fort, which lies, across the river Jamuna. In the evening you may visit to the souvenirs market of Agra, one should visit Oswal Emporium where they have built a Mini Taj Mahal inside their showroom and it took 10 years for the artists to complete the mini replica of the Taj. The show room conducts free sound & light show showing the eras of Taj Mahal. Overnight in the hotel.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
Day 12 : Day Agra - Delhi (200 kms 4 hours)
Early morning visit to witness incomparable Taj Mahal with its' speculative view at the time of Sunrise. Taj Mahal, the architectural modern day wonder of the world; this monument is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Taj, endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world. Later visit the Pearl Mosque and the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Later drive to Delhi, en route; you can visit Sikandra to see the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Delhi.
Note: Taj Mahal closed on every Friday.
Day 13 : Delhi - Varanasi (By Air)
After an early breakfast transfer to the airport to board the schedule morning flight to Varanasi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Later take an excursion to Sarnath, located at 10 Kms from Varanasi where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; visit Dharmarajika Stupa The 110 ft tall Dhamekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon., also visit to Archaeological museum, the collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images, also see the Ashok Pillar with 4 lions, built in 3rd Centaury BC., symbolize both Ashoks's imperial rule and the kingship of the Buddha. The four-lion capital was adopted as the emblem of the modern Indian republic. After visit return to Varanasi, early evening take half day sightseeing of the city visiting. Golden Temple dedicated to lord Shiva, the Durga temple dedicated to goddess Durga. Interestingly the Durga Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple due to the large number of monkeys found in the Temple premises, in the evening you can take a walk through the narrow lane to explore and colourful market of the ancient city. Rest of the evening free for leisure and individual activities Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 : Varanasi - Khajuraho (By Air)
Early morning enjoy the boat ride on the Ganges at dawn when it is full of pilgrims is an amazing place to witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religion. While on the boat you will also see the cremation ceremonies of dead bodies as per Hindi Rituals. After ride return to the hotel check out and drive to the airport to board the early afternoon flight to Khajuraho. Assistance on arrival and check in to the hotel. The evening free for leasuire and individual activities. Overnight at the hotel. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 15 : Khajuraho - Bhopal (By Train)
After breakfast, visit Eastern Group of Temples and visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. Sightseeing contiues by visiting Western group of Temples consisting of the massive Laxman Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, the Laxmi and Varaha temples dedicated to Vishnu's consort Laxman, the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to goddess Kali. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. After visit checkout and then drive to Satna to board the night train to Bhopal. Overnight at the board.
Day 16 : Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal (Excursion 46 kms - 1 hour)
Assistance on arrival early morning and transfer to the hotel. After some relaxation and breakfast take an excursion to Sanchi, which is an assemblage of ruins of Stupas, Temples and Monasteries, built from 3rd Century BC to the 12th Century AD. Sanchi gained prominence as an important pilgrimage centre of Buddhist World. After visit return back to Bhopal and then visit to National Archievs. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 : Bhopal - Indore (186 kms - 3 hrs)
After breakfast visit Sadar Manzil, Taj-ul-Masjid, Secretariat, Vidhan Sabha, Fatehgarh Fort, Moti Masjid, after lunch check out the hotel and drive to Indore, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit to Bodhi Sheesh Mahal and Lal Bagh Palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18 : Indore - Mandu - Dhar (99 kms - 1 ½ hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Dhar. En route visit to Mandu, called The City of Joy, which in fact is a superb Hill top Fort deserted, dramatic and alive with ghosts. It is the largest fortified city in the world. Take a sightseeing tour of Mandu visiting several noteworthy palaces and pavilions some of which are Ashrafi Mahal, Rewa Kund Group, Hindola Mahal (swinging Palace). After visit continue to drive to Dhar, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Dhar.
Day 19 : Dhar
After breakfast an excursion to Bagh, which is famous for Buddhist Caves of Gupta Period. The Highlights of caves are wall paintings. After visiting one can have lunch at Hotel Jhira Bagh Palace. After lunch take an excursion to Maheshwar and Omkareshwar on the river Narmada famous for finest Ghats, Temples and Mystic Power Centres. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 20 : Dhar - Aurangabad (380 kms - 8 hrs)
After an early breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Aurangabad. Enroute one can stop at Dhule for lunch. After lunch continue to drive to Aurangabad. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening is free to enjoy the surroundings on your own. Overnight stay at Aurangabad.
Day 21 : Aurangabad - Ajanta - Ellora - Aurangabad: (105 Kms - 2 hours)
After breakfast take an excursion of 105 kms to witness famous Ajanta caves. Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. Recognized as the World Heritage site today, it was discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. After visiting Ajanta Caves drive to (30 kms) Ellora Caves, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. After visit return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday
Day 22 : Aurangabad - Mumbai (By Air)
After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to the Airport to board the morning flight for Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. After relaxation you can take a visit to the city life of Western Suburan visiting Iscon Temple and shopping at the big malls like Shoppers Stop, In Style, West End. If you are staying at South Mumbai, you can visit Gateway of India, Marine drive also known as queens necklace in the night, Mahalaxmi Temple and for shopping visit to Cross Road, Phoenix Mill- Bombay Bazaar. Optionally you can have dinner at choice of city restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 23 : Mumbai
After breakfast takes a sight seeing tour of Bombay, drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling which is made of cross beams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvelous sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India, one can have lunch at the Taj Hotel or other several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar serving continental cuisines. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum, Parliament House, Marine Drive, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens, Return back to the hotel for overnight.
Note: Elephanta Caves & Prince of Wales Museum are closed on every Monday.
Day 24 : Mumbai - Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast one can take a city tour of Mumbai, later transfer to the international airport to board the scheduled flight for your hometown. On departure tour concludes with happy memories.